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Former Bills WR Andre Reed Defends Lee Evans

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Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed is a Hall of Fame finalist once again, and will know this Saturday night whether or not he'll be part of the 2011 class of inductees. Last night, Reed appeared on Coach Sal Capaccio's "Buffalo Bills Now!" program to talk about a myriad of topics, including his Hall candidacy and the current state of the Bills.

If you have a half-hour to spare today on a solid interview, you'll want to check out Reed's full interview with Sal. In the meantime, I wanted to bring up Reed's defense of current Bills wide receiver Lee Evans, who many fans are down on following a disappointing 2010 season.

"Lee, when he first came to Buffalo out of Wisconsin, he was highly-touted, a first-round pick," Reed said. "Let's face it - for seven years, Lee really hasn't had that quarterback that he wanted. I think he's done a tremendous job at composing himself about a lot of things. He's a competitor. He wants the football. It hasn't happened for him this year; it kind of went away from him."

Evans has just two seasons in which he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards, three with 50 or more catches, and caught just 37 passes for 578 yards last year - both career lows. Reed, however, still believes that Evans has a big role to play in Chan Gailey's offense.

"Hopefully they get Lee more involved next year," Reed said.